PARIS — A flurry of luxury accessories labels may have presented their fall 2019 collections, but most of the excitement, and innovation, is in the contemporary sector. Labels are continuously cropping up and offering competitive price points, high-quality products and of-the-moment, photogenic designs.
“The most dynamic part of the industry is currently operating in the contemporary space. It offers a bigger element of discovery,” said Moda Operandi’s fashion director Lisa Aiken, who also pointed to a shift “from designer to design” in the handbag category.
Among the most coveted handbag labels is Istanbul-based Manu Atelier, one of the first brands to start offering bags at more accessible price points — ranging from 300 pounds to 500 pounds — and to build a strong community via social media, known as Manu’s People.
The designers behind the label, sisters Merve and Beste Manastir, have kept up momentum by continuously refining their signatures, offering new styles and putting emphasis on the quality of their bags, which are produced in Turkey. The Manastirs’ father, a Turkish leather craftsman, cuts every bag that’s produced at his workshop.
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